Williams Encouraged By Pitt Camp

Rodney Williams recaps his day at the Pitt prospect camp, talks about some of the other camps he's been to, and what he likes about Pitt.

Saturday wasn't the first visit to Pittsburgh for Cherry Hill (NJ) West corner Rodney Williams.

Williams, 5-10, 185, came in for the Pitt-Virginia Tech game back in September, kept in touch with the coaching staff, then decided to camp this past Saturday.

Despite battling strep throat, Williams ended up being one of the top corners there.

"The camp was pretty fun," Williams said. "I was hit with a little strep throat, so they told me to just 'do what you can.' They told me to take it easy if I got too exhausted, but I did not feel like sitting out. Everyone else was coming out and competing."

At the end of the camp, Pitt defensive coordinator Matt House pulled him aside, with six or seven others, to run some extra routes. Though they didn't get that chance, Williams was still pretty encouraged.

"They picked out six or eight guys to stay for some extra work, but we wound up not doing it because we were out of time," Williams said. "(House) said he'll be in contact. They're going to have their evaluation meeting on Wednesday. They told me to call (offensive line) coach Jim Hueber. Hopefully, I'll get the offer."

Williams said his camp experience, combined with his experience at the Virginia Tech game back in September, has left him with a pretty good impression of Pitt.

"It was great talking to the coaches," Williams said. "The first time I came, it was my first time taking an unofficial visit. One of my teachers knows Jim Hueber, and he told me that I'm on their radar. I like the town. They have good football, and I liked how their coaches came over and talked to me after the camp.

Williams also has offers from Temple and Buffalo. He also camped at Rutgers recently, and will head to Syracuse later this week.

"I'm waiting to hear from Rutgers," Williams said. "I feel I did pretty good at their camp. I also talked to Kent State's defensive coordinator at the Pitt camp. Syracuse says they're bringing in four defensive backs next year, and if I do we'll at their camp, I'll be one of them."

Even more impressive, Williams was limited to six games last year due to a hamstring injury. Even in four of the games, he felt he was at 50 percent.

"That's the reason I have a heavy camp schedule," Williams added. "My film was really light for the college coaches. That's what's made me want to come out and earn a scholarship (at camps). I wasn't worried about my speed."


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